Man Charged With Exporting Surveillance Equipment Surrenders
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ One of five men indicted on charges of conspiring to export sensitive underwater surveillance equipment to the Soviet Union surrendered Thursday.
Raymond N. Long, 39, who operated an export company to supply companies with offshore drilling equipment, surrendered to federal officials in Baton Rouge. U. S. Magistrate Stephen Riedlinger set bond at $20,000.
Also indicted by a federal grand jury in New York on Wednesday were two Japanese, a Norwegian and a Soviet citizen. They were accused of attempting to export the $1.3 million of equipment to Norway, knowing it would be shipped to Japan and then the Soviet Union.
The Soviets had sought the equipment since learning from American spy Ronald Pelton in 1980 that the United States was intercepting Soviet communications passing through underseas cables, The New York Times reported Friday.
The others named in the indictment were Sverre Schlytter Henrichsen, president of Schlytter Henrichsen, A-S of Oslo, Norway; Hiderm Yamaguchi, formerly an employee of Shimyo Engineering Co., Ltd., in Kobe-Shi, Japan; Magaaki Takahashi, president of Marine Services Co., Ltd., in Kobe-Shi, Japan; and Ilya Petrovich Butakov, vice president of the Soviet Shipping Export- Import Corp., also known as Sudoimport of Moscow.
The extradition of the other men was being reviewed by the Justice and State Departments, officials said. If convicted on all counts, the five men each face up to 55 years in prison and fines of $200,000.
Long allegedly ordered a $500,000 underwater sonar surveillance and mapping system to send to Norway.
″Mr. Long is charged with a scheme in which he helped to falsify documents to make it appear that the goods were being shipped to Norway, when he knew that the equipment would ultimately be sent to the Soviet Union,″ said J. Robert Grimes, Regional Customs Commissioner in New Orleans.
″One of the underwater cameras was shipped and did reach the Soviet Union; however, that was not the most sensitive part. The most sensitive part of the system was detained in Japan,″ he said.
Officials said that exporting the system to friendly countries for legitimate drilling purposes was permitted, but it could also be used for locating and identifying underwater targets, such as mines, torpedoes and communication cables.
For national security reasons, the system was barred from export to the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc nations, FBI agent Bill Massengale said from Gulfport, Miss.
Long and Henrichsen hatched the scheme, Massengale said.
Long falsified documents to get an export license and shipped the system to Henrichsen in 1984, according to court papers. Henrichsen then resold the system to Yamaguchi and Hagaaki. The Japanese businessmen allegedly agreed to sell the system for $1.3 million to Butakov.
Long, an animal conservationist, was sentenced to federal prison in 1985 for helping a man who stole five white tiger cubs from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He served one one in prison.